I didn’t really understand the benefits of Kevlar until recently, when a coworker told me a story. He was riding with a buddy who was wearing Kevlar-reinforced jeans. I forgot why or how he crashed, but he slid for a good 40 yards or more, and when the poor guy stood up, all that was left of his trousers were the patches of Kevlar. This story made me consider how the regular jeans I normally wear when riding are virtually useless in a crash. I hit up Fast Company for a pair of Women’s Modern Fit Draggin’ Jeans, which are now my favorite riding pants. Check out my full review in our Jan/Feb issue (on sale 11/23). Here are some extra images I didn’t have room to use in the print version.